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Curriculum

We strive to ensure that each individual girl within the Junior School reaches and exceeds their academic potential and therefore the school offers a broad and stimulating curriculum. Although it is based upon the National Curriculum programmes of study, it is our aim to teach beyond these. Therefore girls in Key Stage 1 begin to access Key Stage 2 programmes of study in Year 2, whilst girls in Key Stage 2 will be introduced to elements of the Key Stage 3 programmes of study in English, Mathematics, Science and French.  There is a strong emphasis on the core subjects of the National Curriculum whilst real attention is given to creative and performance skills.

"The school thoroughly fulfils its aim to promote academic excellence and nurture a love of learning, with an emphasis on developing independent, enquiring mind. Throughout the school, strengths of the teaching are the excellent relationship between pupils and teachers and the extra time given to support the pupils’ learning. The Junior School curriculum has an excellent breadth of subjects, which include critical thinking, French and Latin. Pupils read with fluency, expression and obvious enjoyment across the school and numeracy skills are in evidence across the school."  ISI

As girls progress through the school there is an increasing amount of specialist teaching: during the last two years they are taught by specialists in Mathematics, Science, English, PE, Modern Languages, Humanities, Music and Art. Girls in Year 6 are also taught Latin. This specialist teaching helps to prepare girls for the Senior Department curriculum.  During Year 6, girls are taught some subjects at the Senior School, thus allowing them to become familiar with the Senior School building and organization.  French is taught from Nursery to Year 6 by a mother-tongue specialist.

Teaching styles vary, with traditional methods used alongside the very latest in information technology.  There is also an emphasis on engaging the individual and catering for all learning styles. Alongside learning in the classroom, the girls’ learning is reinforced and strengthened by workshops or visits. Homework is also a valuable tool in reinforcing teaching in school and in fostering independent study and thus homework is set throughout the Junior School.

We aim also to allow the girls to meet and overcome challenge within the security of the school environment, whether through structured problem solving activities or by facing up to unfamiliar situations on our residential trips.